Drumset for Beginners

A new innovative method that is both a practical approach to playing the drumset and the starting point for the understanding of style and genre.


Students start their first lesson by playing a basic hook beat, but then quickly progress to fills, syncopation, swing and shuffle, before examining the essential ingredients for all the main styles every professional drummer needs to understand.


Each chapter includes unique follow-on publication advice, so students who have a particular interest in a style can further their development.


Title Drumset for Beginners: The Drummers' Guide to Teaching and Learning the Drumset
Authors Paul Hose, Jim Farey
Edition illustrated
Publisher Alfred Publishing Company, 2010
ISBN 0955544246, 9780955544248
Length 64 pages

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Peer Reviews

Drumset for Beginners is a very well thought out way of approaching a difficult topic... teaching beginners. How many of us who teach have asked 'How do I start someone playing the drums?'... 'How do I keep it simple?'... It can be intimidating. Paul and Jim have put together a program that simplifies the process, with an emphasis on fun, fundamentals and patience! I also like the idea of this being a resource for teaching.


The play-along tracks are well produced and cover several styles of music - another good idea for beginners, especially drummers... being multi-dimensional. Congratulations to you both!


David Garibaldi - Tower of Power

Apart from basic 'drumset knowledge' Paul and Jim's book gives some good important additional information allowing the student to also look into different styles of drumming. They are presented in a fresh and different way, start simple but still allow the student to get a basic idea of a certain genre.


Besides that I like the vibe between the lines: it seems it is more written from the position of "why don't we try this? Or that? Can you see this? Instead of 'do this! Avoid that!' Nice job!


Claus Hessler - author

I love your book. There are lots of great hints and concepts for the journey of understanding or better 'overstanding' the art of drumming.


We always have to take it back, whatever level we are on: back to the basics, fill in the gaps and holes. Why? Because we drummers are the 'backbone' of contemporary music. Clear thought, clear speech, clear drum... this is an incredible tool. Great work!


Swiss Chris - John Legend, Gloria Gaynor

I get to see lots of drum books from many drummers around the world and the books I like must have good structure, easy to follow lessons, be musical as well as rhythmic and inspiring. Paul and Jim have achieved this with this book and I would recommend you add this to your drum book library.


Mike Dolbear - mikedolbear.com

This book is a concise and cohesive method for the student AND teacher. Its benefits are many and varied, covering aspects of playing and understanding of the instrument that will prove invaluable.


Bobby Arechiga - Strongheart, Session musician and teacher

I think it's great, just the right balance of keeping teachers and students on a steady course without being too prescriptive and at the same time opening people up to lots of music and other teaching and listening material and giving them options to go wherever they want.


Bruce Parry - Freelance percussionist, Sabian European Band & Orchestra Specialist

Content Overview

Chapter One: Developing the basics

Using a tried and tested method of accelerated learning, this chapter is designed to get the absolute beginner playing the drums quickly.

Chapter Two: Reading

Developing on the fundamentals from chapter one, your focus now turns towards learning how to read music notation.

Chapter Three: Jazz

This chapter introduces you to Jazz.

Chapter Four: Latin

This chapter introduces you to Latin.

Appendices A - C

These valuable appendices cover cymbal pattern variations, style analysis and time signatures

Appendix D

Introductory and Graduation play along tracks complete with printable charts. Each track comes complete with a comprehensive walk through.

Companion Course

The free online course comprises of additional resources that include over 50 videos that can be viewed on your device of television.

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